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Mental Health Law (Morse)
Fall 2020   LAW 705-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
MW 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Silverman Hall 280

Faculty
Stephen J. Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society

smorse@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills: Analytic and empirical reasoning skills.

Grading
100% Exam

Exam
Essay,
In Class,
Partial Open Book (All course materials and any other materials created entirely or substantially by the student.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If absence is necessary, all students will be expected to get the notes from other students and to do the reading.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

This course will cover the theoretical, doctrinal and practical issues in mental health law, with special reference to the criminal context. It will also be of interest to students interested in bioethics, health law, family law, and torts.

No background in psychology or psychopathology is required. Regular attendance is required. No laptops or electronic recording devices are permitted.

A supplementary set of reading materials in addition to the required casebook will be posted at the course website later in the summer. It includes a syllabus that will refer to the supplement as "Supp" when readings are assigned.

I do not know if the casebook is available yet. I will distribute the necessary materials for each assignment in pdf format until it is published. I will alert you via the website when it is published after the website goes fully "live."

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.

Family Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of family law; Perform legal analysis in the context of family law; Communicate effectively on topics related to family law; Demonstrate an understanding of how family law affects other areas of law.

Health Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.


Textbooks

"Law and the Mental Health System, Civil and Criminal Aspects" by Slobogin, Hafemeister, and Mossman
Edition: Seventh
Publisher: West Law
ISBN: 9781684677078
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